With 2018 having just begun, and because robots haven’t taken over the world just yet, it’s a safe time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. There’s always the, “I promise to work out.” How about this year try, I promise to rock out! Check out our list of top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you, the
(Hint: Play this video when reading the article! It turns the awesomeness up to 11!)
1. Play more often
This one’s easy. Just play more. Whatever works for you: If you play twice a week right now, resolve to play four times a week. If you play for 30 minutes a day, play for an hour. One way to make it easier to play often is to keep your
2. Learn a new music style
Learning a new style is a great way to reignite your
3. Switch it up
If you’re an acoustic
Guitar lessons are an excellent resolution idea and working with online instructors is a great way to up your skills. Try taking a lesson with TrueFire, where we hand-select top instructors to ensure you’re getting the best lessons possible. Here’s a tip: Drop hints around family and friends that you want a TrueFire Gift Certificate to use towards your New Year’s resolution and you’ll be coasting on the free class wave until you run out of gift cards!
5. See more music
Inspiration is great. You see a music performance and suddenly you’re inspired to write music. But inspiration, like everything else, goes away if you don’t keep feeding it. This is why an excellent resolution would be to see more live music. Because, what you’re really doing is staying inspired as a musician, and that’s really important. Want some immediate inspiration? Check this.
6. Get legit
Still using your kids practice amp? A rope as a
7. Learn how to record your music
With programs like GarageBand and Audacity, it’s now easier than ever to record your own music. Don’t be daunted by all the buttons and dials, they’ll all make sense as you start working with the software. Plus you can find loads of tutorials online. And with advancing technology, it’s now cheaper than ever to invest in some recording equipment. If you’re completely new to home recording, check out our article on the 7 Basics of a Home Recording Setup.
8. Form a band
Forming a band might seem like a big undertaking. But think of it this way, a band can be as small as two people. Just find one friend who plays another instrument and BOOM, you have a band! Think Simon and Garfunkel, Tenacious D, or the White Stripes…they’re all just two people! If you can manage a larger band, work out a rehearsal space, a weekly time, who’s bringing beer and pizza, and you’re good to rock. If you need help finding a time that works for everyone, use this app.
9. Ride the SoundCloud
Getting active in an online music community is one great way to discover new music as well as show off your original stuff. Using a service like SoundCloud, you can easily put up your original music on the inter-webs and follow other music! One really cool thing about SoundCloud is how users can comment throughout a song, right in the wave file. You might see several comments at the bridge being like, “Here comes my favorite part!” or “Why did that guy rhyme dingo with mingle?”
10. Learn to play this
This year, if you want to blow all the other resolutions out of the water, how about you resolve to learn Van Halen’s Eruption Solo.
Here’s an 8th grader doing it. This should inspire you:
Well there you have it. Pick one of these resolutions and your 2018 is going to rock. If picking just one resolution seems too easy, grab two! And if you nail the Van Halen solo, send us a video!
Any other New Years Resolutions you can think of? Let us know in the comments!
by John Lombard